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NRL Mailbox: Laws of the Game

A big welcome to all our members and fans around the world for the start of the 2013 season…

To ensure NRL supporters better understand the rules in our game, including some of the key changes for 2013, NRL.com together with NRL Referees Elite Performance Manager Daniel Anderson have produced five simple videos with various examples to hopefully assist in explaining the obstruction rule, the tackle, grounding the ball, the role of the video referee and the shoulder charge.


Obstruction

The onus is on the attacking players or ‘block-runners’ not to initiate contact with the defenders...more

The tackle

We have highlighted different methods that impede the immediate release of the player in possession and could result in a penalty....more

Grounding the ball

A player who has had possession or touches/touched the ball and knocks the ball forward must regain possession....more


Video Referee

In all try scoring situations, the on-field official will be required to make a ‘live’ decision....more


Shoulder Change

Is where a defender, without attempting to tackle, grab or hold the ball-carrier using the arms or hands, makes direct physical contact using the shoulder or the upper arm....more


For more info on our rules, fans can access the 2013 Laws of the Game booklet here

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